Harvard Law School has announced the establishment of the Antonin Scalia Professorship of Law in honor of the late US Supreme Court justice.
The professorship is endowed by the Considine Family Foundation, the benefactors both Harvard graduates (Terry from the Law School in 1968, and Betsy from the Business School in 1977).
“Justice Scalia had a singular impact on statutory analysis and legal thought. He also had a great love of learning, so it is especially meaningful that he will be honored with a professorship that will provide enduring support for teaching and scholarship at the Law School and beyond,” said Martha Minow, dean of the Law School.
“We are deeply grateful to the Considine Family Foundation for endowing this professorship, which stands as both a testament to Justice Scalia’s legacy on the Supreme Court and as a vote of confidence in a new generation of scholars.”
Scalia, known as the foremost proponent of textualism on the Supreme Court, served as an Associate Justice for thirty years until his death in 2016.
“It is wholly appropriate that Justice Scalia’s accomplishments, intellectual legacy, and dedication to the founding principles of the United States Constitution be recognized at Harvard Law School, his beloved alma mater,” said Terry Considine ’71, who with his wife Betsy formed the Considine Family Foundation. “Betsy and I offer special thanks to Dean Minow for her commitment to the establishment of the Scalia Professorship and hope that it gives her great satisfaction as she prepares to conclude her service as Dean of Harvard Law School.” …
Scalia received his A.B. from Georgetown University and the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, before earning his LL.B. from Harvard Law School. He went on to work in private practice and as a professor of law. Several years into teaching, Scalia was appointed to the first of several Executive Branch positions as General Counsel of the Office of Telecommunications Policy. He later served as Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel in the Department of Justice. He was appointed Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 1982.
In 1986, President Ronald Reagan nominated Scalia as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. He was confirmed on September 17, 1986.